Chevy Traverse stars in parenting-themed comedy series on Yahoo

2:57 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

Chevrolet launched a digital comedy series with Yahoo this week to pitch the 2016 Traverse to busy parents.... Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court won't hear dispute over Chrysler dealerships

8:55 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to weigh in on a dispute over the constitutionality of a law that allowed Chrysler dealerships shut down during the company's 2009 bankruptcy to be restored through arbitration, The Detroit News reported.... Read More »

Mercedes sales jump 16% in September on China demand

Oct. 6, 2015 12:38 CET

Mercedes brand's global sales increased 16 percent in September, buoyed by a 53 percent jump in China deliveries.... Read More »


VW sued by West Virginia over clean diesel claims

6:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

West Virginia is suing Volkswagen AG for deceiving car buyers after the EPA said last month that the company had installed software to hide that its diesel engines exceeded pollution standards.... Read More »


Fiat, Ford offer incentives to win sales from VW in Italy

Oct. 5, 2015 15:14 CET

Fiat Chrysler and Ford are offering incentives in Italy to encourage owners of Volkswagen Group models that may be affected by the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal to buy new models from their brands -- but some dealers are skeptical about the campaign.... Read More »

BMW car-sharing program quits San Francisco

5:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

DriveNow, the car-sharing program owned by BMW that allows drivers to rent electric cars by the minute, is pulling out of San Francisco, the only U.S. city in which it operates, the company said Monday.... Read More »

South Carolina dealers grapple with floods; BMW still producing

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

South Carolina auto dealers and BMW's U.S. plant are digging out and adjusting after more than 2 feet of rain have fallen over the last three days in some parts of the state, leading to catastrophic flooding.... Read More »

VW offers $2,000 loyalty bonus to avert defections

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Volkswagen is offering a $2,000 incentive to prevent U.S. owners from abandoning the brand following its violation of diesel emissions tests.... Read More »

Average fuel economy of new cars dips 3rd time in 4 months

3:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

The average fuel economy of new U.S. light vehicles declined for the third time in four months in September, a University of Michigan report found.... Read More »


Iowa dealership group spots talent, teaches leadership

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

The McGrath Family of Dealerships' Emerging Leaders Program teaches talented non-management employees leadership skills, while assessing if they are capable of being part of management someday.... Read More »


Who's hot, who's not in 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Strong third-quarter demand for light vehicles benefited some brands more than others.... Read More »


18 million selling rate comes with rising transaction prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

The U.S. auto industry's sizzling summer appears not to have quenched demand -- a sign that today's sales numbers are being achieved without many of the sins of the past.... Read More »

Cox, Dealertrack seek to reassure on prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Cox Automotive President Sandy Schwartz has heard dealers fret that, following Cox's $4 billion purchase of Dealertrack Technologies, the new entity will start jacking up prices. Don't worry, he says.... Read More »

Amid scandal, VW sales flat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

In a broadly stronger market, Volkswagen of America saw roughly flat U.S. sales in September. Still, that was viewed as an accomplishment following a mid-month halt to its diesel vehicle sales and the resulting black eye to its brand image.... Read More »

Porsche boosts U.S. Macan supply

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

After buyers were kept waiting for six months or more during the Porsche Macan's first year on the market, the wait times are finally easing. Increased allocations to the U.S have cut the wait time to less than two months.... Read More »

Execs offer vision of TrueCar post Painter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

As the Scott Painter era slowly fades, TrueCar is sketching a new vision of the online car-buying portal, one that's guided by a team of executives who admit TrueCar made mistakes in its quest for growth and who are keen to bridge the wide trust deficit with dealers.... Read More »

'Imported' could have been Ford's

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Chrysler's tag line “Imported from Detroit” became immortal when Eminem prowled the streets of Detroit in a Chrysler 200, in a 2011 Super Bowl commercial. But in 1964, the same line was in consideration to market the Ford Mustang.... Read More »

Fiat pins hopes to pope: Nope

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

When Pope Francis climbed into the back seat of a black Fiat 500L on his first visit to the United States, interest in the diminutive, five-door family car appeared to surge. It's probably too early to know how much the sight of Francis in a Fiat will consecrate sales of the 500L in America, but results for September looked very humble.... Read More »

Germany wants your Bimmer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

A Cox Automotive unit ships more used BMWs to Germany than any other overseas market. Here's a look at some of the peculiarities of the used-vehicle export business.... Read More »

Who gets the good review? Better bet on the salesperson

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Dealers who believe auto-retailing is a people business shouldn't be surprised to learn that when customers happy with their vehicle purchase pass along a good word, they're more likely to recommend the salesperson than the store.... Read More »

'Fiata' ready for its close-up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

An unmasked 2016 Fiat 124 Spider captured on a photo shoot in Southern California looks far more like its Mazda MX-5 Miata twin than the 124 Spider from back in the day.... Read More »

Dealerships and their impact on the states

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

California leads other states in jobs related to new-vehicle dealerships and the income taxes paid by those workers.... Read More »


Clarity on recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

AutoNation's decision not to sell any auto with an unrepaired recall is a good idea. But it's not an easy path. U.S. recalls aren't sorted by severity. AutoNation shouldn't have to hold a recalled vehicle that just needs its owner's manual updated.... Read More »

Off the phone, shops stay on the job

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

A Connecticut dealership group aims to improve its customer handling by tapping a dedicated service department call center run by an outside contractor.... Read More »

Mercedes aims to add dealerships judiciously

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Mercedes-Benz plans to add more dealerships to address unmet demand in growing markets. But it will stop in a couple of years once it gets to around 390 stores, up from 370 now.... Read More »

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